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INTRODUCTION
Eric: Hi everyone, I'm Eric.
Alex: And I'm Alex.
Eric: And welcome to Must-Know Spanish Sentence Structures, Season 1, Lesson 15. Requesting Permission.
Eric: In this lesson, you'll learn how to use a sentence pattern to ask for permission.
PATTERN
Eric: Here’s an example. "May I see your identification card?"
Alex: ¿Puedo ver su identificación?
Alex: [slow] ¿Puedo ver su identificación?
Eric: The pattern for requesting permission has 3 elements. First, “May I.”
Alex: Puedo.
Eric: Second, the verb "see."
Alex: ver.
Eric: Third, the complement "your identification card.”
Alex: su identificación.
Eric: Altogether, we have... "May I see your identification card?"
Alex: ¿Puedo ver su identificación? [slow] ¿Puedo ver su identificación? [normal] ¿Puedo ver su identificación?
Eric: Use the verb
Alex: puedo
Eric: "may I" to ask for permission. The verb conjugation shows that the speaker is the one requesting permission. It’s followed by a verb which is always in infinitive form. At the end, you can add more details about what you want to do, such as an adverb, noun, or phrase.
Alex: ¿Puedo ver su identificación?
Eric: So remember: To request permission, begin with "may I..."
Alex: puedo
Eric: ...add a verb in infinitive form, plus a complement for more details.
Eric: Here’s another example, meaning "May I go out today?" First, “May I.”
Alex: Puedo.
Eric: Second, the verb "go out."
Alex: salir.
Eric: Third, the complement "today."
Alex: hoy.
Eric: Altogether we have...
Alex: ¿Puedo salir hoy? [slow] ¿Puedo salir hoy? [normal] ¿Puedo salir hoy?
Eric: "May I go out today?"
[pause]
Alex: ¿Puedo salir hoy?
Eric: How do you say - "May I eat the last slice of pizza?" To give you a hint, "the last slice of pizza" is...
Alex: el último pedazo de pizza. [slow] el último pedazo de pizza. [normal] el último pedazo de pizza.
Eric: "May I eat the last slice of pizza?"
[pause]
Alex: ¿Puedo comer el último pedazo de pizza? [slow] ¿Puedo comer el último pedazo de pizza? [normal] ¿Puedo comer el último pedazo de pizza?
[pause]
Alex: ¿Puedo comer el último pedazo de pizza?
REVIEW
Eric: Let's review the sentences from this lesson. I’ll give you the English equivalent of the phrase, and you’re responsible for shouting it out loud in Spanish. Here we go.
Eric: "May I see your identification card?"
[pause]
Alex: ¿Puedo ver su identificación?
[pause]
Alex: ¿Puedo ver su identificación?
Eric: "May I go out today?"
[pause]
Alex: ¿Puedo salir hoy?
[pause]
Alex: ¿Puedo salir hoy?
Eric: "May I eat the last slice of pizza?"
[pause]
Alex: ¿Puedo comer el último pedazo de pizza?
[pause]
Alex: ¿Puedo comer el último pedazo de pizza?

Outro

Eric: Okay. That's all for this lesson. You learned a pattern for requesting permission, as in...
Alex: ¿Puedo ver su identificación?
Eric: meaning "May I see your identification card?"
Eric: You can find more vocab or phrases that go with this sentence pattern in the lesson notes. So please be sure to check them out on SpanishPod101.com. Thanks everyone, and see you next time!
Alex: Hasta la próxima.

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Monday at 6:30 pm
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Practice requesting permission using this pattern.

Pete Moulding
Tuesday at 2:52 am
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Hi, I have just bought a premium subscription and this was the first lesson I have come across. I stopped my subscription to Spanish with Paul (which had been brilliant but was Mexican-Spanish). I read the reviews and they said Iberian Spanish was prevalent throughout this. However, I've heard straight away that the pronunciation is South-American and I know for sure that "manejar" isn't used here (conducir instead). How many other words am I learning that are not used in Spain? This is the reason I had joined but I think I should have continued to learn Mexican with Paul!

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Sunday at 1:21 pm
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Hola Joe,


Thank you for your comment.

Please let us know to which sentence do you refer to.

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Joe
Sunday at 11:32 pm
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How in the world does "ir" become equivalent to "Before I met you, I never realized..." ?

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Tuesday at 9:02 am
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Hola Lexi,


Thank you for your comment.

Yes, please review the following lesson.

https://www.spanishpod101.com/lesson/spanish-vocab-builder-14-colors/

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lexi
Monday at 11:00 pm
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I was woundering if this could help me teach little kids colors in Spanish

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Sunday at 1:36 pm
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Hola Norimasa,

Please review the following corrections.

Podría decirme en donde esta el museo de Purado ?

Podría pasarle la sal a tu hermana?

Puedo pagar con tarjeta de crédito?

Sigamos practicando!


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Carla

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Sunday at 12:58 pm
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Hola Jim,


Thank you for your comment.

The words "escoger" and "elegir" are synonyms.

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Carla

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Sunday at 12:47 pm
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Hola Joe,


Thank you for your questions.

You can say "puedes" or "tu puedes".

As for "escoger" and "elegir" they are synonyms.

Please let us know if you have any more questions.

Sigamos practicando!


Saludos,

Carla

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Sunday at 12:06 pm
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Hola Gerald Olson,


Thank you for your comment.

You can look up for the words on the word bank and add them to your flashcard.

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Norimasa Takamoto
Friday at 6:23 pm
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Asking where it is

Podoria decirme en donde el museo de Purado ?


Asking something to do

Podoria pasarle el sale a tu hermana?


Puedo pagar la contarjeta de credito?